Food of the Eighties, Sarasoda
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A tasty non-alcoholic beverage with 0.9% in it - drink enough quickly at the age of 12 and you might get a buzz - whether is was from being bloated and high on sugar or the alcohol - it didn't matter. Might have only been in Canada.
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Mike - July 11, 2008 - Report this comment
I recall this drink, was in fact looking for info on it when found this site. Will keep looking for more info - like to know if still made at this time.
Blake - September 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I was also looking to see if this is still around. I used to drink this when I was younger (coincidentally around 12yrs of age).
Tracy - October 27, 2008 - Report this comment
Loved this I would still drink it now.
Ken - December 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I was also a fan of this drink wish I could find it now so my 11 year old could try another one of the simple finer things in life.
Elie - December 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I can't believe other people are looking for this drink aswell. I woke up just now with the memory or drinking Sarasoda at the age of 12 in Toronto Ontario. I would love to find this drink again. :((
chad - January 10, 2009 - Report this comment
here is a little memory. wish i could istill find this.
GA Blackburn - March 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember going to Becker's and getting a couple Sarasodas during my lunch breaks at my summer warehouse job in Markham. It was definitely 1987.
Elie - April 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow, Becker's =),...What a blast from the past..Living in Montreal Becker's here...Just Depanneur's =))
Brendan - April 03, 2009 - Report this comment
The store beside my house use to sell these, But I haven't seen them in a long while, If you are lucky you can recreate the taste by mixing beer with lemonade and sprite (or was that ginger ale...) in about a 40-40-10 mix :)
Brendan - April 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Yes I know... 40+40+10=90... I was tired... make that 45-45-10... and make sure you use the pulp free yellow type of lemonade, not the pink stuff...
Paula - April 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I have used beer and ginger ale to get close to the taste of Sarasoda. There is a beer that has a hint of citrus that has come out recently that may taste even better in this mix combo. Would still love to find Sarasoda again.
nikki - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
my sister and i used to drink this in the 80's and still dream of it.If you have found a recipe that will bring that memory back i will be forever grateful! Loved that stuff!!
Peter - May 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I came to Canada in 1973 - found and drank Sarasoda - LUVED IT! Will certainly try Brenda's formula - thanks Brenda
TeeDub - June 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Becker's!!! Haaa...oh man. I LOVED Sarasoda
Carla - July 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to LOVE LOVE this drink! I to was around 10-13yrs when I used to drink it. PLEASE let me know if you find anything like it! lol
Bruce - July 15, 2009 - Report this comment
Was just thinking about this stuff and this is the only website that comes up when you google it. I like most everyone else, used to drink this stuff as a young teen in the eighties. Anyone know who made it? Is it still out there somewhere?
Tracey - August 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved Sarasoda. I first had it in highschool either 1988 or up. I just thought of it the other day & wondered if it's still around. It brings back so many memories.
Andy - August 24, 2009 - Report this comment
This stuff was SOooooo good! Now I feel like, if only I'd drank more and kept on drinking it would still be available. As it was, I drank it strictly during physics class in Gr. XI ('86/'87).
Kim - September 06, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved this drink as well. I only had it at our family cottage in Canada. I think we bought it at Zellars? I think it was in the late 80's. I sometimes come across the taste and wish it was still around. I drink alcohol at all and would love to find a non-alcoholic version.
Marcel - October 14, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to buy Sarasoda in S.S.M oddly enough at 12 or 13 as well wasn't on the market very long but to this very day i can still remember the taste. Please somebody for the love of God bring back Sarasoda.
Keith - October 26, 2009 - Report this comment
This was the best drink ever! 1985 or around that time is when I first discovered it. Drank it every summer since then, well until it was no longer available. If you find it let me know There is a place in California that sells Renaissance pop or soda called galco's and it is on the internet...sodapopstop
andrew - November 13, 2009 - Report this comment
Ok, had a Fentimans "Shandy" this morning and all I could say out loud was "Sarasoda!; that's a Sarasoda..., ever had a Sarasoda!"
Scottiesurfer - March 03, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow!!! I punched this in to see if they still made it too! Yes I was drinking this when I was12 as well, 1986! So, does anyone know where it is?!Ok now its a mission...Yes bring back this drink!
Scottiesurfer - March 03, 2010 - Report this comment
A green bottle, correct? I was drinking it in Mississauga and the store owner caught onto us that we would buy 5 at a time... Trying to "catch a buzz"
YYZ - March 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Oh. man! I was also 12 years or so, hitting the local Becker's in Etobicoke everyday to buy a couple of Sarasodas. I recall buying them in cans. Definitely a summer thing to do!
Yvonne - May 28, 2010 - Report this comment
SO many times I have thought of Sarasoda...I LOVED this stuff as well and have been looking for it since. Who made it??? We need to bring it back! I would invest!
Jody - July 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember loving this stuff! We used to walk down to the local convenience store (The Honest Crook in Pickering Village) at lunch time in elementary school and drink a few to try and get a buzz. Must have been around 1986 or so. It was good stuff!
mark - November 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I was 7 or 8 drinking sarasoda, small town in manitoba. Mrs. Kenndy the store owner eventually read the label and would not sell it to us anymore. I miss that stuff.
Shelley - November 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember drinking Sarasoda behind our school before class. Gosh how I miss that tangy drink full of bubbles that when straigh up my nose. Does anyone remember Drinking Durango Wildberry Coolers?
Brian - May 30, 2011 - Report this comment
Me and a friend was just talking about Sarasoda. I Googled it and found I wasn't the only one reminiscing about that drink we thought was a wine cooler. The closest thing to Sarasoda I've found today is Casal Domingo Cooler. with 0.5% Alc. Very similar to Sarasoda. I bought one and tried it. It sure brought back memories. LOL
Ron - July 23, 2011 - Report this comment
I believe that John Labatt purchased the company and shut it down as the drink was selling too well and cutting into their beer sales. (I did a web search and found that they own the Sarasoda trademark.) Recently I tried Poppers Ice Light malt beverage (4% alcohol) and found it to be very close. Enjoy!
Luscious Jonny Serpentino - September 05, 2011 - Report this comment
We had a party for the end of grade 5 in 1986 at West Acres and I brought a 4 pack I bought from Mr. Tan at Applewood Variety. I was half snapped before anybody even caught wind of what I was doing. Love that sweet juvie booze. What happened to it cause daddy needs his fix
Aubin - October 03, 2011 - Report this comment
I was also just thinking about sara soda, i was eleven which would have been 1991 when i drank it when i visited my dad in Hamilton would love to get my hands on it now. Please let me know if you find it.
LP - October 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I used to buy this stuff from Beckers in Unionville. I think I first found it in 1987 when I was 7 and I remember it disappeared in 1991 or maybe 1992. My dad also used to buy it for me and my brother on the ride up to the cottage each weekend. Here is a commercial for sarasoda :
BAD RONBO, KiLLeR DWaRfS - October 24, 2011 - Report this comment
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A Major Appliance - November 03, 2011 - Report this comment
Yes it was very similar to grapefruit style fresca zing with a little beer and then something very unique to it self was also in there taht made it very unusually different, and the carbonation was very very high also as I recal too, and it was like nothing else I remember,it was so good. Mt GF parents at the time used to buy it in 87-88, strong memeories of this drink in those summers as I was always drinking it with her in her back yard being 16 at the time, it was the cans too, as I recal they were silver colored.
A Major Appliance - November 03, 2011 - Report this comment
Yes it was very similar to grapefruit style fresca with a very sharp zing and a little beer and then something very unique to it self was also in there that made it very unusually different and good. The carbonation was very very high also as I recal too, and it was like nothing else I remember,it was so good. My GF parents at the time used to buy it in 87-88 when they lived in the burbs in Oshawa, strong memeories of this drink in those summers as I was always drinking it with her in her back yard being 16 at the time, it was the cans too, as I recal they were silver colored.
BAD RONBO, KiLLeR DWaRfS - November 03, 2011 - Report this comment
DIRTY HARRY - November 07, 2011 - Report this comment
This was a great drink. It came in bottles and cans where I lived in Toronto. Too bad this drink is gone. The cans were white and the bottles green. I actually had a six pack saved in my room when they took it off the market but my mom put them in the garage and during the winter the cans expolded. :(
Tara - December 20, 2011 - Report this comment
my friend and i thought we were so cool drinking these when we were kids we were around 8 or 9 years old rofl good times :))
L.v. - March 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I was just looking to see if they had this anywhere but unfortunately nothing. I did find out that labatt was producing it. Maybe like the fashion of the 80's this will come back too :)
Billy - April 08, 2012 - Report this comment
This stuff was disgustingly awful.
James - May 25, 2012 - Report this comment
Im sure it had a pink flamingo on label??
Nikki - June 21, 2012 - Report this comment
We had this in Alberta too! Middle 80's. They sold it at convenience stores and even our movie theatres! My sister and I loved this stuff and so would love to drink it again!
Mike - September 14, 2012 - Report this comment
Summer camp - a six pack and a tent Oh....what memories Bring back the Sarasoda
Wiggy - October 18, 2012 - Report this comment
I love that so many people relate sarasoda to childhood memories like I do. My mum would send me to buy sarasoda and cameo cigarettes (when minors could buy tobacco and people thought it was safe to send their 5 yr old to the store). I would think I was sooooo cool havin sips of my mums because it had alcohol. Little did I know what a miniscule amount. NEED SOME SARASODA IN MY LIFE AGAIN(might add vodka now tho?!?)
Sara - October 23, 2012 - Report this comment
Wow! I think it's great to have found so many people also looking for this elusive drink.I remember the green bottles, and thinking my mom was the coolest for letting me and my best friend drink them. I haven't found anything like it in more than 20 years! Beer shandy doesn't come close.
Tdotfaze - October 24, 2012 - Report this comment
Use to buy this drink at a asian grocery store in medowvale t.c back in the day. Why is this drink no longer avail...besides the alchohol ? this was the best drink ever !! does anyone have a good recipe ? please share :)
Allan - December 31, 2012 - Report this comment
Wow, this is hilarious!! Like everyone else here I discovered this page while feeling nostalgic and searching for the drink I used to get buzzed on as a youth. I remember drinking it in 1986 when I was 12 years old. Someone even mentioned Applewood Variety in Mississauga - I bought it there too! Here is a fact I haven't seen mentioned here yet - yes, it was 0.9% alcohol when it came out but it was later reduced to 0.5% - they obviously figured out that underagers were getting buzzed off it :) I still remember when that happened - drinking three of them no longer did the trick. Long live Sarasoda, long live the 80s!!
vanessa - June 18, 2013 - Report this comment
oh man, want some right now. I use to drink this as a teen. My brother use to get them at knob hills.
Rads - July 21, 2013 - Report this comment
Is everyone on here Canadian? Or more specifically Ontarian? I'm from Hamilton (er Waterdown) and drank this around the same age too! 13 or so!
ken - July 26, 2013 - Report this comment
Grew up in manitoba n loved the stuff too.
Ken - August 20, 2013 - Report this comment
I can't believe the number of people looking for Sarasoda -- I thought I was the only one. LOL! I remember drinking it when I was about 13yrs old. I used to buy it from the local COOP Feed Store just outside the little town of Williamsburg, Ontario where I grew up. I also remember purchasing it in Picton, Ontario while sailing training on the St. Lawrence River / Lake Ontario. Unfortunately, everyone began refusing to sell it to minors once they realized it contained alcohol. (However, at only 0.5%, I don't know what all the fuss was about.) Delicious stuff. Would love to find it again.
Pete from TO - August 23, 2013 - Report this comment
I loved Sarasoda! I used to buy it by the case of 24 bottles at the grocercy store. It was the best thing to quench your thirst after working in the sun all day. We should start a pettion to bring it back. You would think some someone, somewhere has the recipe.
Conner - September 30, 2013 - Report this comment
I drank Sarasoda in Sarnia in the 1980s too and recently did a search on it. same story as the rest of you- 12 years old @ Beckers lol. Hoping I could find somewhere that still sells it as I remember the taste- quite nice!
crack - December 01, 2013 - Report this comment
Same deal, bought it in brechin, on at lunch when in public school. Want it back.
CromwellsWorld - February 02, 2014 - Report this comment
I was in a group home at the time and I used to get in trouble for buying it from the corner store and drinking it. It was the late 80's I'd drink this with an Ice'N'Creamy which also can't be found anywhere now.
CromwellsWorld - February 03, 2014 - Report this comment
I found a photo of Sarasoda but the option to post the pic dones'nt work.
Darrell - April 09, 2014 - Report this comment
I miss Sara to :(. Guess this can serve as a memorial page for the drink that will all love.
Loni Cox - May 04, 2014 - Report this comment
I don't post on blogs but this deserves a comment. Freaky as it seems I was 11-12 years old when this was around. I remember buying at the Beckers and Oasis markets in Stayner Ontario. My friends and I used to buy truckloads of this. 20 plus years layer I remembered this sweet taste of heaven. With all the weird and crap drinks around today I think it is more then socially acceptable to bring this baby back from the dead. Viva la Sarasoda! Time to petition Labatts!
Danielle - May 24, 2014 - Report this comment
My mom was a distributor of Sarasoda!! We had an unlimited supply!! We even had the blow up Flamingos!! My sis and I drank Sarasoda all the time! So yummy! We were probably 8 and 10! Would love to find it again! My girls are now 8 & 10!
Jake - July 08, 2014 - Report this comment
Big fan of Sarasoda. Used to buy them out of the fridge at Quickie in Herogate Mall in Ottawa.
Pamala - July 11, 2014 - Report this comment
Hey Jake, You down with the Sens? I love the Ottawa Senators! My friend Denise did the nasty with their third line defenseman two years ago. She's very good looking and hangs at a lot of nice bars. I got with her sometimes. I get looks too. And you're right, Loni Cox, girl. Sarasoda was a sweet taste of heaven. But then Denise said that about the Ottawa player! LOL
Robbie - September 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I got into truble for bringing this drink to school and showing that it had alkhole in it. I also got it a beckers in Carleton Place, Ontario
Jason - December 04, 2014 - Report this comment
Wow like everyone else I took have been dreaming about this stuff for years. I stocked shelves at a local small store called "Mryrles" it was in a small town called Tilley, Alberta and I remeber Myrtle and Tom( the owners) use to let me drink this all the time until they thought I was drinking too much as I was only 12 :).. Could never remeber the name though... I thought I remeber seeing a label with a flamingo?... Is that right?... Sure miss it!
purveyor - December 18, 2014 - Report this comment
WOW! this is so cool... so many people with the same memories of this drink. I remember getting it at 7-11 in Milton Ontario with my friend in the summer of 86 .I was 12 years old and we thought it was AWESOME... I always felt uncomfortable buying it cause it had alcohol in it and i thought they might not sell it to me. It would be such a nostalgic blast to have a taste of one today! wish they still made it... and from all the responses on this thread... it seems like they should! Theres definitely a market for it. cheers all.
sil - April 14, 2015 - Report this comment
Back in '86 when I was 21 I was a grocery clerk for a store called Supertops (now Fortinos).I first saw sarasoda when I was stocking it on the shelf. I bought one and tried it. WOW!!! I was hooked. I bought my first case of 24 from the boss. At cost bboss. At cost.
Spektak1 - April 22, 2015 - Report this comment
In Grade 8 I remember our Vice Principal coming on the PA system and banning it at school.
Lorne - May 20, 2015 - Report this comment
I loved this stuff and would definitely drink it if it is still available. Does anyone know if you can still buy this stuff?
Eric - September 11, 2015 - Report this comment
Just finished a can of Lowenbrau Rader with lemonade and I was trying to rack my brain what it reminded me of. Sure enough...Sarasota! 1987 Cornwall Ontario.
Arny - April 05, 2016 - Report this comment
who owns the right to make It? and, if so! is it available for purchase???? just to have my own private stock of the lovely beverage
hi its Arny again - April 05, 2016 - Report this comment
that is Sarasoda MMMMMMMmmmm
Andy - August 25, 2016 - Report this comment
Sarasoda... Best drink ever.. Was it only selling around toronto? Too bad it is not available anymore... For those who loves it, try Jolly shandy in hk and Malaysia... Made by carlsburg, I am sure they copy it from sarasoda.. The closest one u can find around the globe..
Jay - November 10, 2016 - Report this comment
I was in midland mid 80's about 11 or 12 and bought these at the IGA. Best drink ever. Would buy 10 6- packs with my class mates hoping to catch a buzz. Labatt, please bring this back!
Stacey - January 24, 2017 - Report this comment
What about Durango? Anyone remember that??
Aaron - February 21, 2017 - Report this comment
We used to buy Sarasoda from Everyday Variety in Scarborough. It was the ultimate summer drink. When we'd finish our bottles, we scoured the neighbourhood for enough discarded, empty pop bottles to return to the store so we could buy more Sarasoda. Back in the days when you could return pop bottles and be refunded for the deposit...
Kevin - March 20, 2017 - Report this comment
If you want to try an adult version try Mikes hard melonade(original) and copes light. Almost taste identical
Jason - July 04, 2017 - Report this comment
Age 12, 1986 in Guelph Ontario at 7 Eleven across the street from the apartment building I lived in. The perfect accompaniment to playing the two arcade games that would rotate monthly. I guess I'm not the only one feeling nostalgic, this thread is what, eight years old?
Karl R - July 05, 2017 - Report this comment
Fantastic post, Jason! You're a great writer and made us feel we were there in Guelph, Ontario. This drink was fine. And you are not the only one feeing nostalgic. Kids don't have the fun of arcades anymore.
Todd - January 03, 2018 - Report this comment
I was feeling nostalgic too and came across this page. I grew up in Hamilton Ont I drank this in grade 5 or 6 (around 1986) trying to get a buzz before school in the morning Lol. Wish they still sold this would love to try it again to see if it is as good as I remember
Tara - February 04, 2018 - Report this comment
We had it here in Winnipeg too. I was really hoping to be able to find it somewhere still being produced. Anyone heard if it's possible??
Albie - March 08, 2018 - Report this comment
Devon Alberta at the Mac’s when I was 12-13. Me and my buddies would guzzle 2 or 3 these beauties and get a nice little buzz! The buzz was great, but they tasted so good on a hot day I would have drank them anyway!
DeeDee - March 20, 2018 - Report this comment
East end Toronto, @12 yrs old tried my first Sarasoda and Loved it , Nothing else has came close
Marc - April 07, 2018 - Report this comment
I stopped by the beer store and accidentally bought Grolsch non alcoholic Radler. It was a bit sweet for my current taste but it reminded me of Sarasoda. My 12 year old son loves it and drank it. If you’re looking for Sarasota try this
Cee - July 03, 2018 - Report this comment
Was this a wine cooler?
Karl R - September 24, 2018 - Report this comment
Yes, Cee, it was a wine cooler. And as I said before, that was a great post Jason from July 4th, 2017! When you were 12 years old in 1986 in Ontario, those must have been great times. Wish I could see a Sens game with you. I would love to see where you did that

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